Madonna changes her Brisbane dates to cut her tour down under in March short by six days

Madonna’s still coming, just for not quite such a long visit now.

Cameron AdamsNews Corp Australia Network

MADONNA has changed the routing of her Australian tour next year to cut her time spent down under.

Due to unexplained “scheduling issues” Madonna has moved her Brisbane shows forward by ten days.

It means Madonna will now play six shows in just nine days, ending the tour six days earlier than originally planned.

Her Australian tour starts in Melbourne on March 12 and 13 and the singer will now play Brisbane Entertainment Centre on March 16 and 17 then her entire Rebel Heart world tour ends with shows in Sydney on March 19 and 20.

Those with Brisbane tickets for March 26 must now attend the March 16 show, March 27 tickets are valid for the March 17 show.

Anyone who cannot attend the new dates in Brisbane can get a refund before February 1.

In remarkable news Qantas and Jetstar will waive the change fees for fans flying to Brisbane from interstate who need to change their flights to make the new dates.

The airlines are partners with tour promoter Live Nation.

However it will cause grief for others on different airlines or those with non-refundable accommodation booked when the shows went on sale earlier this year.

The scheduling changes will fuel speculation the superstar’s Australian tour is not selling as well as expected.

The original routing of the tour saw Madonna play the three eastern states over three consecutive weekends, with ten week days off in-between.

Fans in Adelaide and Perth were hoping the blank schedule would be filled with Madonna playing shows in their states. That would have angered those fans who’d already spent a large amount of money buying tickets, flights and accommodation for the shows in the Eastern States.

With no new dates being added, promoters would have had to pay to keep the expensive production on ground in Australia without more shows to offset the cost. The new routing means the staging will have to be shipped around the country immediately after Madonna leaves each venue.

Many are grumbling online about the expensive ticket prices for the Madonna shows, where the majority of seats are priced at either $305 or $510 before fees, with a small amount of $99 tickets selling out instantly.

Also snapped up straight away were $2000 guaranteed front row ticket packages.

Some VIP packages, none of which include a meet and greet but do offer seats closer to the stage, are still available, priced between $300 and $800.

Brisbane is still the place to get the widest range of ticket options, with some seats for around $200 still available as well as a $3000 VIP package which includes a seat alongside the runway as well as merchandise and other items.

Harbour Cruise parties in Sydney will still go ahead.

Madonna will visit New Zealand for the first time on March 5 and 6.

The 2015 leg of her Rebel Heart tour ends in Scotland on Sunday before spending January and February on the road in South America, North America and Asia before heading down under for the first time since 1993.

Exclusive: Madonna tells Australian fans she’s definitely coming down under and plans to spank Molly Meldrum on stage.


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Leave Madonna alone: She was well worth the wait.

Madonna performing on stage during her Rebel Heart tour

Oh, Madonna. What have you done? At first I thought I must be hearing things.

But when I realised that people inside Manchester Arena were actually booing the Queen of Pop for being late – I was shocked.

After falling down a set of steps because of a faulty cape, hasn’t Madge she been through enough already this year?

It was explained earlier in the evening that the show would run late because of reasons ‘beyond the artist’s control’. But some fans either didn’t believe her, or have the patience to wait.

There was a time when Madonna used to shock us for far more than keeping us waiting for an hour.

For her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards way back in 1984, she sang Like a Virgin while writhing around on the stage in a wedding dress with a crucifix cut out of the front.

She wore a racy conical bra for her 1990 Blond Ambition Tour and the following year she released her coffee table book Sex, which was crammed full of saucy photos and full-frontal nudity to coincide with the release of her Erotica album.

And the Vatican condemned her controversial 1989 video for the song Like A Prayer which featured burning crosses and statues crying blood.

Madge was causing mayhem long before Lady Gaga was swanning around in a frock made of meat and Rihanna was trilling about S&M. RiRI kept the crowd waiting for longer than Madonna when she performed in Manchester last time out and there was no explanation for her lateness.

And there were no boos for her.

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Madonna hits back at Manchester criticism after show cut short

Madonna calls angry fans ‘diva b*****s’ after crowd booed her for taking to the Manchester Arena stage an HOUR late

Video: Madonna tells fans to ‘shut the f**k up’ after she was booed for arriving late on stage at Manchester Arena show

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At least Madonna explained, in her own acerbic way, the reason for her tardiness. If Liam Gallagher uttered the same response, nobody would have batted an eyelid.

Yes we have jobs to get to, car parking to pay for, trains to catch and children to tend to.

But we’re talking one night out of the rest of the year to spend an evening with the Material Girl. One of the last of a dying breed of proper pop star.So they had to wait a bit. Did people want Madonna to give them a lift home and tuck them up in bed too?

Sometimes technical hitches happen. We’ve all been prone to failing IT at work, no? Madonna can do many things but fixing a video screen that crashed isn’t one of them.

To be called a “diva b****” by Madonna is actually quite the compliment in my eyes. And we have learned from the master.

Madonna has always been bold and unapologetic. That’s how true pop icons should be – and it’s why we love them.

Read more at Manchester Evening News

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Madonna’s statement on Instagram regarding Manchester

FACTS: its good to have them before you jump to conclusions! The Entire video for my show crashed as I arrived for sound check. The back up file was corrupt. We had no choice but to reboot and pray for a good outcome. The video lights 75 % of my show. We cant play in the dark. We were rebooted and ready by 9:30 even though we planned to go in earlier. I had to make cuts in show before show started. Dress you Up was one of them and my 3rd guitar song. This still brought us past the 11:00 curfew! But we went on and the venue was kind enough to extend till 111:39!! It was there choice not mine to end the show!! always want to finish. So we all missed the last 3 songs! And I’m sorry about that. And i thank all my Rebel Heart fans for understanding! We did our best! And we still had to pay a fine! That life. ?. The ❤️#rebelhearttour goes on

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Review: Madonna @ Manchester Arena ***

She’s the absolute Queen of reinvention, the Queen of pop who influenced a generation to wear ra-ra skirts in the 80s, footless leggings and an arm full of bangles. Well before the likes of Lady Gaga made the rallying cry that she was Born This Way, our Madge was expressing herself in a pointy bra and masculine suit.

And more than 30 years on Her Madgesty Madonna is still going strong, this time with a Rebel Heart. And she proved that she is still quite the rebel by keeping us waiting for an hour.

The crowd were beginning to boo just before – thank goodness – she took to the stage, in a cage, singing the thumping track Iconic from the album Rebel Heart looking like a female warrior in a red cape and fierce black boots, stalking the arrow shaped stage with her troupe of dancers.

She later defiantly blames her lateness on a broken video player, not on diva behaviour, telling the crowd “if you diva b***** want to keep complaining about it don’t come to my show.” Well that’s us told.

“Alright Manchester. Are you with me?” she screams, her long blonde hair flying with determination. And the answer is yes as the crowd get their dance moves on to the playful B***ch I’m Madonna as this 57-year-old idol snaps a red geisha fan and kicks out with her pointy heels.

In a nod to her punk roots she gets out an electric guitar for Burning Up and she mixes in the classic Vogue with Holy Water, assisted by pole dancers sliding around large crucifixes wearing nun’s habits and white frilly pants. Then we’re reminded of her controversial Like a Prayer days when she belts out Devil Pray, falling to her knees to sing hallelujah. It’s nice to see she hasn’t ever lost the ability to shock after all these years.

“If you diva b***** want to keep complaining about it don’t come to my show.”

Highlights come from the classic pop Like A Virgin, funked up with Madonna stamping across the stage in shiny black dancing shoes like a female Michael Jackson. La Isla Bonita is also given extra oomph and attitude.

Thank goodness the cape flew off at the right moment this time on Living For Love, to a big cheer.

We were expecting to hear a medley of other classics Dress You Up, Into the Groove and Lucky Star but they were switched for an acapella Open Your Heart that had everyone singing along.

We also didn’t get the encore Holiday and the show ended abruptly three songs early after Material Girl, presumably because of the lateness. The attitude was replaced by Marilyn Monroe-like sweetness as she cooed “I love you all.” And then she was gone.

It’s amazing to realise that this pop icon’s first ever performance in this country was here in Manchester at the Hacienda for a live broadcast of The Tube in January 1984. Now with Rebel Heart she is on her 10th world tour and her blonde ambition is still well intact.

Let’s hope there are no technical hitches next time eh?



B***h I’m Madonna

Burning Up

Holy Water” (contains excerpts from “Vogue”)

Devil Pray

Messiah (video interlude)

Body Shop

True Blue

Deeper and Deeper

HeartBreakCity (contains excerpts from Love Don’t Live Here Anymore)

Like a Virgin (contains elements of Heartbeat and Justify My Love)

S.E.X. (video interlude contains elements of Justify My Love)

Living For Love

La Isla Bonita

Open Your Heart

Dress You Up / Into the Groove/ Everybody/ Lucky Star / Dress You Up (Reprise)

Who’s That Girl

Rebel Heart

Illuminati (video interlude)

Music (contains elements of Give It 2 Me)

Candy Shop

Material Girl

Read more at Manchester Evening News

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Madonna calls angry fans ‘diva b*****s’ after crowd booed her for taking to the Manchester Arena stage an HOUR late

Madonna has hit out at fans who complained about her taking to the stage an HOUR late for her Manchester Arena show calling them “diva b******s”.

The so-called Queen of Pop launched an angry rant at fans who booed her after she was delayed on stage because of a problem with the video system in the arena.

She explained her lateness in a foul mouthed rant at the crowd saying: “The video crashed. We had no video and we had to wait until we could reboot. No selfish diva b**** reason. If you diva b****es want to keep complaining about it don’t come to my show.”.

READ MORE: Review: Madonna @ Manchester Arena

An earlier announcement was made that the show wouldn’t end until 11.30pm, according to reports from irate fans inside the venue.

The situation, according to the announcement, was ‘beyond the artist’s control’. There were reports of loud booing and people walking out.

Fans on Twitter said the star was around an hour late to take to the stage, leading to widespread fears of missed last buses and trains from the venue.

Tim Morton Davies wrote on Twitter: “Over 50mins late at Manchester Arena and no announcements. Not acceptable. People have jobs to go to @Madonna.”

Annabel Smith added: “A lot of very fed up people in Manchester waiting for #Madonna.”

Hilary Moulds added on Twitter: “#Madonna…seriously late…sort it or retire.”

Lois Griffiths said: “What a joke @Madonna an hour late already…. My dad and his wife still waiting.”

Doors at the 22,000-seater venue opened at 6.30pm, with the Eighties icon expected to begin her set at 9pm.

READ MORE: Setlist for the Rebel Heart Tour

However, the artist did not appear to the stage until shortly after 10pm.

The show subsequently ended abruptly with no encore after because of the technical hitch that left her an hour late to the stage.

The gig is Madonna’s only show in the north west of England as part of her Rebel Heart Tour.

Read more at Manchester Evening News

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Madonna turns on fans after starting Manchester show an hour late

Madonna started a gig an hour late and then insulted her fans by calling them “diva b***es”.

The pop star performed a sell-out concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday night, but complications delayed the show and it ran on until around 11.30pm.

According to fans on Twitter, the US singer was met with loud boos for her lack of punctuality. Some said attempts were made to drown them out by turning up the music.

And then, when Madonna finally arrived on stage she launched into an emotional tirade, telling the expectant crowd: “The video crashed. We had no video and we had to wait until we could reboot.

“No selfish diva b**** reason. If you diva b****es want to keep complaining about it don’t come to my show.”

MEN says that some concert-goers had even walked out on the Queen of Pop, despite an announcement, albeit an apparently untimely one, which said the situation was “beyond the artist’s control”.

Plenty of people at the venue took to Twitter to proclaim their anger at the late running.

“Nearly £100 per ticket to watch Madonna in these seats tonight,” complained Tony Robinson. “My mate’s not happy. That’s disgusting.”

Doors to the Manchester Arena, which holds 22,000 people, opened at 6.30pm and Madonna was scheduled to start her Rebel Hearts Tour performance at 9pm.

She arrived onstage shortly after 10pm.


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Pre-order now: Madonna The Party’s Right Here – FM Radio Broadcast Blond Ambition Tour Dallas Texas 1990 2CD


On 7th May 1990, Madonna’s Blond Ambition World Tour stopped in Dallas, Texas for a show at the city’s Reunion Arena. The gig was recorded for live FM Broadcast in the local area and was also synched to stations nationwide. This CD set contains the full live recording of the concert, in superb FM quality and during which the true spectacle of this intriguing and fascinating period of this most iconic of female musical performers’ career is illustrated perfectly.

1. Express Yourself
2. Open Your Heart
3. Causing A Commotion
4. Where’s The Party
5. Like A Virgin
6. Like A Prayer
7. Live To Tell
8. Oh Father
9. Papa Don’t Preach

1. Sooner Or Later
2. Hanky Panky
3. Now I’m Following You
4. Material Girl
5. Cherish
6. Into The Groove
7. Vogue
8. Holiday
9. Keep It Together

Releasedate: January 15, 2016

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Madonna plays surprise concert in Paris square for victims of terrorist attacks

Madonna played an impromptu concert on Wednesday night at the Place de la République, Paris, where people have paid tribute to the victims of November 13’s terrorist attacks.

The pop-star sang with her 10-year-old son, David, and her guitarist Monte Pittman, having headed to the crowded square from her sold-out gig at the nearby AccorHotels Arena.

During the first show, Madonna had sung the French national anthem La Marseillaise while wrapped in the country’s flag. After the concert, she tweeted to tell her fans about her plan to perform in the square.

MDavid001In the arena, she said: “We will not bend down to fear! I think of what happened almost four weeks ago now. The heart of Paris and the heart of France beats in the heart of each city. I came here when I was 20 and it was here, in Paris, that I decided to make music. Thank you Paris for planting that seed in my heart!”

The singer is one of a few major pop artists to have played in Paris since the attacks, in which 130 people died. U2 were joined by Patti Smith & Eagles of Death Metal during their rescheduled shows at the AccorHotels Arena earlier this week. Last month, U2, Foo Fighters and Motorhead all cancelled or postponed concerts in the city.

Upon hearing about the attacks in November, Madonna interrupted her concert in Stockholm “to acknowledge the tragedy… and the senseless endings of precious life.”

Madonna told Wednesday’s crowd at the Place de la République: “Everybody knows why we’re here … we just want to sing a few songs about peace, just to spread love and joy, and to pay our honour and respect to the people who died almost four weeks ago. And to spread light … we all need it.”

After playing her single Ghosttown, from her 2015 album Rebel Heart, the singer played a cover of John Lennon’s Imagine and her 1989 hit Like a Prayer. Her guitarist told the AFP news agency that Madonna “wanted to pay tribute” to Paris. “She loves this city,” he said.


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